The dismissal of McCallum was inevitable, argues Freeland

Le congédiement de McCallum était inévitable, plaide Freeland

OTTAWA — The canadian ambassador to China could not remain in office, because he has wandered in the folder of the business woman Meng Wanzhou, ruled Monday the minister of foreign Affairs, asked by chrystia Freeland.

The ejection of John McCallum is due to the fact that his comments went against the message of government and that this situation was “untenable,” noted the diplomat-in-chief of Canada.

“When there’s a distance, a divergence, between the positions that an ambassador (takes) and what the government says, it is a problem”, stated Ms. Freeland in the media scrum in the foyer of the Commons.

“This was the situation last week and because of that, the prime minister has asked for and received the resignation of ambassador McCallum”, she decided.

Justin Trudeau has shown the door to its head of mission in China after the latter had made controversial comments on the case of Meng Wanzhou.

The senior executive of the giant chinese telecom Huawei has been arrested in Vancouver on the 1st of December last, and, at the request of the United States.

Ambassador McCallum had raised some eyebrows, arguing last Wednesday that Meng Wanzhou had a “defense” robust-to prevent his extradition to the United States.

Shortly after, he was excused by way of a press release, pleading to be poorly expressed.

But the man from Ottawa to Beijing had come back two days later, arguing that it would be good if Washington drops its extradition request.

His departure comes at a time when two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, are still under lock and key in China. They are accused of having threatened the national security of the country.

Their arrest is described as’arbitrary’ by the Trudeau government.

In this context, the dismissal of John McCallum is “problematic”, argued the new democrat Guy Caron, who wants to know “what the plan is (…) now that we have no ambassador”.

“We must have an explanation and a sense of direction of where Canada is going; I hope to have a response on the part of the government quite quickly”, he said in a press briefing.

During question period in the House, the conservatives have severely criticised the foreign policy of the liberals.

Their leader, Andrew Scheer, was described as a “disaster”. It has been criticized Justin Trudeau for having waited to the last Saturday before asking John McCallum leaving his position.

The prime minister has dodged, merely to reiterate that he would continue to stand up to defend the rule of law and the independence of the canadian judicial system.

The United States has formally filed Monday afternoon, criminal charges against Meng Wanzhou.

The attorney general ad interim of the United States, Matthew Whitaker, announced that the United States claimed officially to the extradition of Ms. Meng.

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